Favorites for dads and grads
1. “Double Play” by Robert B. Parker ($24.95). It is 1947 and Jackie Robinson has broken baseball’s color barrier. This is the story of that season through the eyes of World War II hero Joseph Burke, who is hired by the Brooklyn Dodgers to guard Robinson from harm. Part history, part memory and part love letter to baseball; this is Parker at his best.
2. “The Golden Game: The Story of California Baseball” by Kevin Nelson ($24.95). From the earliest days of the Gold Rush, Americans brought their game to California. Nelson’s book focuses on the semi-pros, minors and barnstorming teams that excited fans in every part of the state for years. Filled with colorful stories and 150 photos, “The Golden Game” is sure to delight any lover of America’s Pastime. Kevin Nelson will appear at The Book Seller on Saturday, June 26 at 1 p.m.
3. “My Life With Corpses” by Wylene Dunbar ($24). Local author Dunbar has written an imaginative and quirky story of a Kansas farm girl named Oz who was raised by a family of corpses. This is Oz’s memoir, reflecting on her childhood and uncanny ability to recognize and avoid the living corpsedom that is all around her. With her philosopher’s logic, Oz comes to understand what it really means to live. Dunbar will appear at The Book Seller on Thursday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m.
4. “A Good Year” by Peter Mayle ($24). Mayle, best known for his memoirs of life in France, returns with a novel steeped in the world of wine. When Max Skinner inherits a vineyard in Provence, he soon discovers that the wine produced there is swill. Never the less, two beautiful women are set on acquiring this mediocre vineyard for themselves. Grab some cheese and bread, open up a bottle of vin rouge and enjoy!
5. “Every Second Counts” by Lance Armstrong ($14). Coming off his fifth consecutive victory in the Tour de France, Armstrong delivers an inspirational account of his recent personal and professional victories and failures. This is a very personal look at how the possibility of dying taught him what is really important about living.
6. “The Book of Joe” by Jonathan Tropper ($19.95). Joe Goffman is a talented young writer whose first novel savaged everyone in his hometown before going on to be a hit movie. Now Joe is returning home, along with a trunk of emotional baggage, to visit his ill father. This compelling story about facing one’s past and taking second
chances is a store favorite!
7. “Ronald Reagan: The Power of Conviction and the Success of His Presidency” by Peter Wallison ($16.95). “I’m not a great man, I’m just committed to great ideas,” is how the late president described himself. Through recollections and interviews, Wallison, former White House counsel, paints a compelling portrait of The Great Communicator.
8. “The Three Questions” by Jonathan Muth ($16.95). This gorgeous retelling of Tolstoy’s profound fable helps one discover just what is really important in life. A young boy seeks counsel from a wise turtle who lives in the mountains. But it is the boy’s response to a stranger’s cry for help that encourages readers to seek the answers within. Perfect for any age.
9. “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim” by David Sedaris ($24.95). Sedaris returns with a new collection of satirical essays about his life as an underdog. This NPR favorite has a wonderfully acidic wit with a “take no prisoners” attitude.
10. “Yay, You!: Moving Out, Moving Up, Moving On” by Sandra Boynton ($14.95). This is a celebratory book for anyone making changes in their lives. Yes, it is a delightfully silly picture book, filled with Boynton’s beloved hippos and dinosaurs, but behind it all is the sweet sentiment of pride and support that any loving friend or family member will be glad to share.
Compiled by manager Alison Jones-Pomatto at The Book Seller, 107 Mill St., Grass Valley, 272-2131. The Book Seller is open 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
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